Taking all the necessary precautions, we continue to engage and support clients who are continuing to sleep rough, in Bedford, through these difficult times. Our Outreach team is also supporting Bedford Borough Council and other local charities, in the housing and support of clients, that have been placed in emergency accommodation.
This service supports those who are long-term rough sleeping, who are not engaging with, or who have been serially excluded from, available services. These clients often need support even to take up basic support or housing options.
Our Rough Sleepers Outreach workers meets clients through street work, assessing how best to support them and help them break free from life on the streets and move into suitable accommodation. The aim is to help them regain choice and responsibility for their lives.
Part of a range of measures initiated by the Council to help reduce rough sleeping in the area, the service compliments other areas of Project work, contributing to an holistic approach to supporting the homeless in Bedford.
We support rough sleepers with no recourse to public funds. Clients are supported to engage with courses, employment, and housing options.
We offer a mentoring service to local clients who are sentenced to custody in HMP Bedford. Following an initial assessment, clients can be supported for a period of three months (whilst in custody and upon release). This can include support for sourcing accommodation, training and employment.
“It’s so exciting to see long-term rough sleepers get and keep their own homes. I love seeing people realise they are worth more than the life they had been leading.”— Rough Sleeper's Outreach Worker